What prehospital care is indicated in chest pain and suspected myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack)?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Answer

For patients with chest pain, prehospital care includes the following:

  • Intravenous access, supplemental oxygen if SaO2 is less than 90%, pulse oximetry

  • Immediate administration of nonenteric-coated chewable aspirin

  • Nitroglycerin for active chest pain, given sublingually or by spray

  • Telemetry and prehospital ECG, if available


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